The first place Cowichan Valley Capitals were too much to handle for the Rivermen on Saturday night as the ‘Caps outlasted Langley for a 5-2 win. In one of the bigger crowds of the season at the Langley Events Centre, the Capitals showed why they are the top team in the Coastal Conference as they picked up their 8th road win of the season.
In the first period, Vinny Muto got the scoring started in the game with a seeing eye wrist shot from the point to put the Capitals on the board at the 4:43 mark. Nothing else happened for the rest of the opening frame, but the scoring picked up from both sides in the second period. Mario Puskarich potted his team leading 16th goal of the year on a sweet feed from Darnell Dyck behind the net to even the score at 1-1. The Capitals responded nicely with back to back goals from Steen Cooper and Devin Gannon to jump out to their biggest lead of the Hockey game. Dyck then scored a late period goal with over a minute left on a breakaway for his 8th of the year on a great stretch pass from Puskarich who sent him in all alone. The Rivermen fired 22 shots on goal in the middle stanza, but that was pretty much it the rest of the way. The Capitals continued to press in the third period putting the Rivermen away with tallies from Brandon Mistal and Travis Stephens. The ‘Men did not get much going in the last period as they just had 4 shots towards the Cowichan Valley net minder Brady Rouleau.
The Capitals won the special teams battle going 2/4 on the power play while the Rivermen could not score on the man advantage with a 0/4 result. Rouleau stopped 28 shots recording his 5th win of the season, while Jim Kruger picks up the loss seeing 23 shots his way. The Rivermen will not have to wait long to try to get back in the win column as they travel to Nanaimo tomorrow for a 3:00 game against the Clippers.